Polar Newsletter Part 8: The Kings of Antarctica
Penguins look very human with their erect posture. In fact they seem to be as curious about us as we are about them. Some penguins live in Antarctica and some live in warm places.
Here are some interesting facts about penguins:
- There are 17 different species of penguins that live in the Southern Hemisphere. Six species live in Antarctica.
- Penguins often live in large colonies, or rookeries, to keep warm and protect their young.
- Parents gather rocks to build their nests, except the emperor and king penguins, who carry their eggs on their feet.
- Penguins have short wings that they use like flippers when swimming.
- The emperor penguin can dive down to 900 feet.
- Some penguins take long trips and can sleep in the water.
- Penguins can travel up to 15 miles per hour.
- The salt from the water and seafood that penguins consume is removed by a special gland.
- Penguins eat mostly fish and some krill.
Here is a set of penguin nomenclature cards.
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